CPU vs GPU upgrade?

Joseph7649

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I'm looking to upgrade my computer to get better performance in current games as well as future games.

There are two games that I play that work pretty decent on my computer but I would like them to work better, which is GTA 4 and FSX. When playing my CPU is always maxed out between 95% and 100% I also want to get my computer ready for Microsoft Flight and GTA 5 when they are released.

My current setup is:
Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5Ghz
Geforce 9800 GT 1gb
4GB DDR2 800MHz
Foxconn G31MXP-K
Windows 7 SP1

I'm thinking about upgrading to a Quad core CPU such as the Q8200, Q8300, or Q8400. I don't want to spend a crap load of money on a CPU like the Q9550. But my question is will I get better performance by upgrading my CPU or my GPU? It's either one or the other. I can't do both right now. If I upgrade my GPU I'm thinking about the GeForce GTS 450 or the GTX 550.

I will greatly appreciate any help anyone can give me.
 

slhpss

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you might want to upgrade to a processor that's not already 2-3 years old... why don't you save up a bit and get a new mobo/proc/ram/gpu.... no upgrades staying in that socket are going to be really amazing and "future" games are not going to be so great...
 

jijomathew

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do not buy GTS series,always go for GTX series and core i5get you good performance